VIDEO: Backup and Restore VM Guests with VM Data Recovery

by David Davis on April 27, 2010

In this video, I show you how easy it is to backup and restore VMware vSphere guest virtual machines uing VMware Data Recovery (vDR). Watch the full free video by clicking on the video window below….

VIDEO-Backup and Restore VM Guests with VM Data Recovery

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managed dedicated server 12.13.10 at 11:37 pm

Hey! Just a side note (general comment, I guess). I think what I like most about your writing (overall) is avoiding using all the super-geek talk on other tech blogs. GOOD info and much more accessible.

ThomasMc 02.13.11 at 10:40 am

I found out something interesting in my lab today and it was when your vCenter goes a miss and needs restored that some interesting things start happening. The vCenter VM was part of a HA cluster and when I was trying to restore the LUN drop down didn’t display anything and I also couldn’t move it to the local ESXi host so the restore job was kind of in limbo, to work around this I found out that if you create a datarecovery.ini file with the ESXi host name in it then I could move to that host and restore it to the exposed LUNs

1) Login to the VMDR Cli
2) vi /var/vmware/datarecovery/datarecovery.ini
3) add “ESXVCHost=” and save file
4) “service datarecovery stop” and “service datarecovery start”
5) Login to the Appliance via vSphere Client a redo the restore job and when you’re at the LUN selection page right click the VM and select move and select your ESX/ESXi host and set the LUN

You should be well on your way now.

ThomasMc 02.13.11 at 10:43 am

Number 3 should have been
add “ESXVCHost=Name/IP of ESXi host” and save file

seems it didn’t like my brackets lol

baby bottle labels 01.02.12 at 5:07 pm

Very good blog you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics discussed in this article? I’d really like to be a part of online community where I can get advice from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!

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